How is female sexual dysfunction diagnosed?

The doctor likely will begin with a physical exam and a thorough evaluation of symptoms. The doctor may perform a pelvic examination to evaluate the health of the reproductive organs. He or she may order other tests to rule out any medical problems that may be contributing to the dysfunction, although testing typically does not help to diagnose the cause of the concern in the vast majority of cases.

An evaluation of the person’s attitudes regarding sex, as well as other possible contributing factors (fear, anxiety, past sexual trauma/abuse, relationship problems, alcohol or drug abuse, etc.) will help the doctor understand the underlying cause of the problem and make appropriate recommendations for treatment.

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